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Artist:
Title:
Four Seasons In Jazz Live At Bernie's
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B152) $152.98 

(2-LP set) Serendipity plants the seed, careful planning and hard work bring an amazing collaboration to life. Four Seasons in Jazz: Live at Bernie's is the landmark live recording featuring jazz pianist and vocalist Anne Bisson and the finest musicians and engineers in Hollywood. A selection of popular jazz standards and original compositions by the evocative Canadian songstress was recorded direct-to-disc over two days by Bernie Grundman in Hollywood, CA. Legendary engineer Michael C. Ross used a 100% analog recording chain straight to Grundman's all-analog record cutting system to realistically capture every amazing moment. Four Seasons in Jazz: Live at Bernie's is only the 3rd direct-to-disc recording ever created at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The Grand Master of Audio Mastering himself supervised the audio-to-disc transfer. 2LP 45RPM Direct to Disc Release. Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition

Artist:
Title:
Wrong Creatures
Release Date: 2/14/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B35) $35.98 

(2-LP set) The widely acclaimed California-based band consists of Peter Hayes (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robert Levon Been (vocal, bass, guitar), and Leah Shapiro (drums). They've been crafting perfectly honed, bluesy, psychedelic garage-rock since 1998 and return with their 7th studio album. Wrong Creatures was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire). Recorded in Los Angeles, Wrong Creatures takes a journey throughout rock's history, taking unlikely twists and turns, both peppered with historic influences but also having one foot firmly in the present. Their biggest focus remains in developing their own musicianship, never resting on their laurels, preparing to enhance the live experience they can offer fans. "We caught some cool performances on this record," says Hayes. Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves.

Artist:
Title:
Haberdashery
Release Date: 11/3/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Second CD by Ziv Taubenfeld (bass clarinet), Shay Hazan (double bass), Nir Sabag (drums) in the Leo Records catalogue. The first one (LEO 743) gathered a very good response from the media which encouraged the musicians to record again. Bones' second album, Haberdashery, documents the trios search for honest and radical expression in the Space Zone, a place where strong does not mean loud. The 8 new compositions are played in a "round coffee table meeting" manner, encouraging exchange of ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Artist:
Title:
Regeneration
Release Date: 1/19/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

Regeneration was released in 1975 on the Strata-East label. One of the greatest records ever recorded by pianist Stanley Cowell. The album's one of Cowell's most searching, spiritual sets ever.

Artist:
Title:
No Need To Argue
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (A29) $29.98 

“No Need To Argue” is the sophmore effort by Irish group The Cranberries that was originally released in 1994. Propelled by the hit song “Zombie” about the Irish conflict, the album was a worldwide smash and helped make the band one of the biggest of the 90s. With a more mature approach to songs and subject matter the album features many highlights including "Ode To My Family", "Yeats' Grave" and "Ridiculous Thoughts" with a more lively rock sound than their much mellower debut album. Green vinyl in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeve that includes the lyrics.

Artist:
Title:
The Acrobat
Release Date: 1/10/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B28) $28.98 

Since the 2014 release of Philly outfit Death of Lover's acclaimed debut EP "Buried Under a World of Roses", many wondered if a full length follow-up for the band was even possible - largely due to the extensive touring schedule of Domenic, Nick, and Kyle's other band: Nothing. The Acrobat will be released on Dais Records on standard black vinyl and limited editions of 100 on clear, 200 on red, 300 on yellow and 400 on blue vinyl.

Artist:
Title:
The Acrobat
Release Date: 1/10/2018
Format: CD
List Price: (B20) $20.98 

Since the 2014 release of Philly outfit Death of Lover's acclaimed debut EP "Buried Under a World of Roses", many wondered if a full length follow-up for the band was even possible - largely due to the extensive touring schedule of Domenic, Nick, and Kyle's other band: Nothing.

Artist:
Title:
At This Time: Duets
Release Date: 3/16/2018
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Such a pleasure to hear my friend Bob Gluck's newest album of duets with drummer Tani Tabbal (whose day gig is with Roscoe Mitchell). Bob and I share an interest (obsession, perhaps) with incorporating electronics (synthesizers, laptops, Ableton Live, etc.) in jazz orchestrations. He's written a couple of great books on that subject and made several electronic/acoustic albums, including a recent one with Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, band mates of mine years ago in Herbie Hancock's electro/acoustic Mwandishi band. This album, however, is nearly evenly divided between songs rendered electro-acoustically and others that are piano and drums alone. On the evidence of the album you are about to hear, Bob and Tani are especially suited to play together. Bob's approach to jazz improvisation is in the grand tradition of Art Tatum - floridly melodic, emotional and accomplished. Tani's approach has been to amplify this ongoing stream of musical ideas in a way that's both spare and grand. I'm especially taken with their rendering of Shorter's "Sanctuary," a mysterious and eccentric piece that can be the graveyard of soloists who try to play it as a melody over a series of chords, most of them purporting to be complex versions of D). Bob's deconstructive approach relies less on chord symbols and more on exploring Shorter's elusive melody with shape-shifting scales and responsive musical ideas. I listened first to these wonderful acoustic pieces and turned to the electro/acoustic songs with mild misgivings, prepared to be a little disappointed. The acoustic set would be a hard act to follow and figuring out ways of incorporating electronics in jazz isn't easy. Many, ok most, attempts quickly dumb down into cliché or bombast. I needn't have worried. Bob and Tani's original composition, "Resolve," for instance, has the same fluidity and grand scope of the acoustic pieces. Each of the other electro-acoustic pieces exhibits the same high level of accomplishment, including Bob and Tani's witty "Premonition," where a hapless synth ostinato is driven more or less mad by an explosion of rhythmic percussion ideas before giving up and muttering into silence. Great work, guys. I'm definitely envious! Patrick Gleeson June 2017, Los Angeles

Artist:
Title:
Blue Hills
Release Date: 1/10/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B17) $17.98 

New recordings by Michael. On this LP we find Hurley stretching out on six longer than usual compositions that are heartbreaking & beautiful as anything he's ever done. Side one features Hurley on a creaky pump organ and a Hammond organ. Side two starts out with two newer compositions - just Michael on guitar & vocals. The record ends with a stunning version of Tea Song (which Michael originally wrote & recorded way back in 1963). A sustained feeling of loss & need for redemption haunts this record. It ain't easy listening, but then what worth a damn is? (Previously deleted:5/1/11. Original release date:7/9/10)

Artist:
Title:
Rema, Rema
Release Date: 1/10/2018
Format: CD
List Price: (A12) $12.98 

(10% DISCOUNT THRU 1/17/18) Rema, Rema is the newest album from 2-time Grammy nominated Son Jarocho group Los Cojolites. Featuring Latin music star Natalia Lafourcade and the Reggae/Jarocho anthem "Madre Tierra" round out a collection of classic Sones with traditional folk instrumentation and poetic lyrics from Xaltipan, Veracruz.

Artist:
Title:
Zodiac
Release Date: 1/19/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

Zodiac is an album led by saxophonist Cecil Payne recorded in 1968 but not released on the Strata-East label until 1973. Kenny Dorham - trumpet, Albert Kuumba Heath - drums, Wynton Kelly - piano, Cecil Payne - baritone & alto saxophones, Wilbur Ware - bass.

Artist:
Title:
The Boss
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (A67) $67.98 

"The Boss" by Seiichi Nakamura, is a live recording made by TBM Records as part of a special project "5 days in Jazz" recorded in March 23, 1974. Of the 5 Live Albums recorded during this special event "The Boss" was the only one never released due to an oversight by the Producer Takeshi "Tee" Fujii. As you listen, the quality and performance of the music they play is just extraordinary and unique. The playing technique on "The Boss" contains a rich sense of elegance and Japanese tradition that touch the spirit. This is a pure analog tape recording. Mastering and Cutting by Tohru Kotetsu at JVC Mastering Center, Japan. October 2, 2017. This Record was pressed in Japan. 33RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl.

Artist:
Title:
Sings The Blues
Release Date: 12/13/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

In both her public and private life, Nina Simone was adamant about one thing, namely, what she simply would not tolerate. She sometimes complained about the miserable erotic prowess of her lovers, while at other times her audience were a target for her tongue. Sometimes she canceled her performances at short notice and held a tirade against show business as such. In her music, rooted in gospel, she sought a path which took her down a middle course between jazz and pop, thus earning her the title of High Priestess Of Soul (as in the LP title) with her rock fans in the Sixties. The present blues album was recorded during what was undisputedly her most productive phase. It is a recording which does not swim with the tide of the times in that it does not employ massive forces or seek the twang of electrification. Instead Nina Simone’s wonderfully sleek contralto voice bathes in the gentle timbre of an organ and a pithy, pulsating – but by no means stomping – rhythm. The cool, unemotional number “Sings The Blues“ guarantees riveting tension and the authenticity of the genre which is, of course, the be all and end all of music for every black artist. Surely no compilation, no matter how carefully conceived, could possibly mark the diva’s 70th birthday in February and sudden death in April 2003 better than this re-release.

Artist:
Title:
The West
Release Date: 11/8/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B17) $17.98 

The first time on vinyl Xemu Records re-masters and repackages the follow-up to Legend of God's Gun, the classic concept album "The West"... Made with the classic lineup of Brian Jonestown Massacre alumni, originally recorded in 2006, is long considered a fan favorite.

Artist:
Title:
Storm Corrosion
Release Date: 7/6/2012
Format: LP
List Price: (B45) $45.98 

(2-LP set) A collaboration between Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth.

Artist:
Title:
R. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra
Release Date: 12/13/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

The opening fanfare from Richard Strauss’s "Also sprach Zarathustra" ("Thus spoke Zarathustra") is known to everyone since it was 'rediscovered' in Stanley Kubrick’s film "2001: A Space Odyssey" and consequently employed time and again in TV ads. At the turn of the century, however, renowned music critics asked themselves whether they should even bother to listen to the rest of the work, a symphonic poem, which – they presumed – was a narration in music of Nietzsche’s book. In what is probably his most famous orchestral composition, Strauss, however, freely associated the words of the Saxon poet and philosopher when putting them into music by using the key of C major to depict nature, and the greatly contrasting key of B major for humanity. Once again Herbert von Karajan proves himself a distinguished tour guide through the wistful, secretive and bleak sound world through which Strauss has his questing hero wander. And the Berlin Philharmonic thank him with captivating, meltingly beautiful violins, deep growling basses, and steely winds. One recalls with pleasure the legendary leading violinist Michel Schwalbé, who plays the solo part with immense feeling and profundity. Enhanced by a perfected analogue recording technique, this disc is a wise choice when it comes to Strauss.


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